IN less than a year a Mkondeni recycling company has won two major awards. E-Waste Africa recently won the “Best Trade and Services” award at the Eskom Business Investment Competition in Johannesburg. Last year they won the “Entrepreneur of the Year” award at the South African Premier Awards.E-Waste Africa founder and Chief Executive Officer, Pravashen Naidoo, told Maritzburg Fever they are grateful for the accolade. “It was our first time entering the competition and we were shocked and excited at the same time when we were announced the winner. “This shows we have achieved our vision as a company to deliver, from a country’s perspective. This award encourages and motivates us to work harder saving the environment and creating jobs.“We will continue pushing long hours to create change and make a business out of it.” He said what makes them more excited is they only started the business three years ago and are already winning awards. “Being an entrepreneur is not easy. You need to surround yourself with the right people. “In this competition I realised I am not alone, I have thousands of people who are walking the same journey, a learning curve, and who are working as hard as me to sustain growth in South Africa.”Another Pietermaritzburg company that participated in the finals was 2CEE Holdings, who were also in the finals in the Best Trade and Services category, but did not win. Sabelo Thusi, 2CEE Holdings founder told Maritzburg Fever that even though they didn’t win they are happy to have gone as far as the finals. “It showed we are doing something right and that we are on the right track. We will continue with our work because entrepreneurship is a never- ending journey,” said Thusi.